Bob Newhart Cancels Appearance At Anti-Gay Summit
Following a bit of pressure from Hollywood and the progressive community, the legendary Bob Newhart has decided that appearing at the annual summit of anti-gay Legatus Group was not a good idea. Via Twitter, Newhart announced the decision, writing, "Upcoming Bob Newhart Tour Date Change -- Bob will not be performing at the Legatus Summit in Orlando FL on February 6."
The message is brief, but it's enough to get GLAAD's attention.
There was no further statement given. However, it is possible that Newhart, like many people were unaware that Legatus was such a rabid anti-LGBT organization. The organization was created by former Domino's Pizza CEO, Thomas Monaghan, for Roman Catholic businesspeople, and membership is only available to top level executives...
...Two petitions were created, asking Newhart to reconsider his gig with Legatus. One, created by Faithful America, got about 17K sigs calling on Newhart to cancel his Legatus gig. The other was created on Change.org by a transgender comic and former Roman Catholic, who also asked Newhart to back out of the summit.